Lira Ensemble to Perform at Dominican University Performing Arts Center, 12/1
The highly praised Lira Ensemble, which specializes in Polish music, song and dance, returns to Near Western Suburbs of Chicago after years of absence, with a holiday concert entitled "Polish Carols, Song & Dance"featuring the Lira Singers, Lira Dancers and Lira Orchestra: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 3pm at Dominican University Performing Arts Center. Tickets: www.events.dom.edu - Box Office: 708-488-5000.
The concert features Polish carols of various styles, and also popular Polish holiday music. This concert offers the rare opportunity to hear Polish carols played by an orchestra. The Lira Ensemble will also perform works by Polish master composers such as Frederic Chopin, Stanislaw Moniuszko, and Witold Lutoslawski, one of the most respected Polish composers of the 20th century.
The entire second act is devoted to Polish folk song and dance from various regions, presented in colorful, authentic folk outfits. Some American carols and folk songs are also in the program.
The Chicago Tribune is among the many metropolitan newspapers that have given high praise to the Lira company. The Tribune wrote: "the Lira Ensemble is booming...trying to bring Polish song and dance into American life, a cultural gift from people who emigrated to this country from Poland."
Guest star at both concerts is 14-year-old Daniel Szefer - a piano prodigy who will perform music of Frederic Chopin including the Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Brillante. Despite his young age, Daniel has already performed around the US and has won first or second prizes at prestigious piano competitions.
The concerts will be conducted by Lira resident conductor Mina Zikri who was born in Cairo, Egypt and came to the United States in 1999. In addition to his duties with Lira, he is a guest conductor for the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Egypt and is founder and music director of the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra of Chicago. Mr. Zikri, who is also a violinist, performed with the Lira Symphony for 5 years and has been a member of Daniel Barenboim's West Eastern Divan orchestra since 1999.